Volunteer Spotlight: Ann Metz

On September 11th,   Ann Metz, along with her co-workers from Ball Corporation, paid tribute to the victims of the national tragedy by performing service activities to improve their community. Ann has participated in Ball Corporation Community Ambassador volunteer programs for several years but she hadn’t participated in a 9/11 Day of Service in the past. Her team, following the national disaster response theme for 9/11 Day of Service, spent the day at the American Red Cross working on disaster preparedness initiatives.

Ann unloaded and organized donations. She also cleaned over 100 sleeping cots which are used in emergency shelters. The sleeping cots had to be completely taken apart, cleaned, dried, and put back together. “It was physically intensive work and I’m exhausted. But I know we really made a difference today!” exclaimed Ann.

Ann has been an employee of Ball Corporation for 15 years. She is pleased that the Ball Community Ambassador Volunteer program has grown so much since she began working there. Ann participates in their regular service projects which are scheduled once or twice a month. She has long been a diligent community volunteer-helping organize Ball Corporation’s past United Way campaigns, sorting food at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, walking for the March of Dimes, building for Habitat for Humanity. “It’s great to get out from behind the desk and do something that helps the community.”

Ann is from Orange County and believes there is much community need that can be addressed as long as people come together and volunteer. “I’m fortunate and give back whenever I can!”

She looks forward to future Days of Caring and is grateful that Ball Corporation has committed their employees to regular local service projects. “Whenever there is an impactful opportunity, you can count me in!”

To learn how you can make a difference go to volunteer.uwdor.org.

—Melissa Clark, Manager of Community Mobilization